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Chinese Press Coverage of Chinese Judges Reception at City Bar

Chinese Press Coverage of Chinese Judges Reception at City Bar June 7, 2011

On June 7, AABANY and the New York City Bar Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law co-sponsored a reception in June at New York City Bar for more than 40 Chinese judges and scholars.  The event received coverage in the Chinese press, including:

World Journal

June 8, 2011

World Journal June 8, 2011 Chinese Judges Reception at NY City Bar

Doris LING welcomes visiting group of Chinese judges

30 young judges from various parts of China visited to study in the one month summer courses offered by Columbia University, in the third year of the "LLM for Chinese Judges" project jointly held by the Supreme Court of China, China National Judges College and Cityu University of Hong Kong University.

The New York City Bar Association sic and AABANY held a welcoming reception on the evening of the 8th.  The average age of the visiting judges is about 30 which raised some eyebrows among the American judges, because being a judge requires at least 10 years of experience in the US.

The reception was MC'ed by New York State Supreme Court judge Doris LING, who is of Chinese-American descent.  She expressed some opinions on how this program is mutually helpful to those in the legal profession in China and in the US.

Sing Tao Daily

June 8, 2011

Sing Tao Daily June 8, 2011 Chinese Judges Reception at New York City Bar

30 Mainland Chinese judges undergo training - Conducts exchange with AABANY

The "LLM for Chinese Judges" program held by the City University of Hong Kong law school and China National Judges College has returned this year, with 30 young judges from China and 15 LLM degree candidates from the City University of Hong Kong, currently attending a month-long summer program of study at Columbia University law school to study US law, and also undertook exchanges with the New York City Bar Association and AABANY yesterday (7th).

New York State Supreme Court justice Doris Ling, AABANY ED Yang CHEN, the New York City Bar Association,  assistant dean of Columbia Law School Brian Gibson, and numerous representatives from the law school attended the event, at which Judge Ling welcomed these 30 Chinese judges.

Deputy Chief Justice Yanxiao LIU of the Second Intermediate Court of Baoding City, Hebei stated that it was an opportunity and challenge to learn from the US system of law, with this round of training concentrating on US Constitutional Law, Tort Law, and civil procedures law, and that despite the differences between the two systems, both are strongly committed to the spirit of governance [of society] by law, maintaining fairness in judgments, and improving the efficiency of the legal system.

Liu pointed out that the 30 Chinese judges in this program came from various provinces in China, and have all gone through rigorous selection by the City University of Hong Kong as well as the Chinese Judges College, and everyone believes that more judges in such exchange programs, learning from the strengths of other systems, will naturally lead to improvements in their own legal systems.

During this month at Columbia, the students will have numerous panel discussions with experienced judges in addition to the intensive coursework, and will also observe at various courts, including at the US Supreme Court in DC.

China Press

June 8, 2011

China Press June 8, 2011 Chinese Judges Reception at New York City Bar

City Bar Association etc. hosts visiting group of Chinese judges

JudgeDoris LING MCs the welcoming reception

A group of young judges from China attended a welcoming reception held by the New York City Bar Association and AABANY on the evening of the 7th.  New York State Supreme Court justice Doris Ling Cohan was the MC for the event.  She is a member of the "international and comparative law" committee of the New York City Bar Association.

There were 30 judges from China and 16 graduate students of law from the City University of Hong Kong in attendance.  They are currently undergoing a month's training at Columbia University Law School.

Visiting group leader Yanxiao LIU is the deputy chief justice for the Second Intermediate Court of Baoding, Hebei, and stated that these judges are all exceptional justices from various parts of China, who are taking part in the one year LLM program jointly held by the China National Judges COllege and the City University of Hong Kong, and are here in the US for training at Columbia University, with courses in US Constitutional Law, Tort Law, and Civil Procedures.  They will also visit the US Supreme Court in DC. 

Judge Ling stated that she is extremely grateful for the invitation from Brian Gibson to participate in this exchange and dialogue between colleagues in the legal profession, and has invited these Chinese judges to observe at her court for the following two Fridays.

AABANY ED Yang CHEN stated that any opportunities to promote mutual understanding between the Chinese and American legal professions is always welcomed, and that the Chinese judges are very young, with many people becoming judges in their 20's, whereas in the US, one must have had more than ten years of experience in the profession after graduating from law school before they can become judges, because experience is highly valued in the US.

Yanxiao LIU stated that this was because in China, one is qualified to become a judge as long as one passes the required test in law, and that she looks forward to more exchanges between the Chinese and US legal communities because, though the systems differ, they can learn from each others' strengths.

Clippings courtesy of Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

Translations by Wei-Fang (Frank) Luo